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AF honors fallen hero Capt David Lyon with ship renaming

 WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- The Air Force decided May 23, to honor a fallen hero by naming the service's newest pre-positioning vessel after Capt. David I. Lyon.

"It's a fitting tribute to have the Air Force's newest pre-positioning vessel named after an Air Force logistician and true American patriot who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the service of his country," said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III. "Captain Lyon answered the call by saying 'send me,' and exemplified the core value of service before self. I'm extremely proud that this great airman's story will become part of the legacy of this proud ship and its crew."

Lyon, a U.S. Air Force Academy graduate and member of the 21st Logistics Readiness Squadron out of Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, died Dec. 27, 2013 in Kabul, Afghanistan, when a vehicle-born improvised explosive device was detonated near his convoy. Serving a year-long deployment to Afghanistan, Lyon was performing a combat advisory mission with Afghan National army commandos and working with the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan.

Lyon was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Purple Heart and the Air Force Combat Action Medal.

The dedication of the Motor Vessel David I. Lyon continues the long-standing tradition of the Navy's Military Sealift Command by having a ship dedicated to national heroes. Lyon is the fifth Airman to receive this honor.

The MV David I. Lyon will provide responsive and agile combat support by prepositioning munitions afloat within theaters of operation in support of multiple combatant commander war-fighting and operational plan requirements. The MV David I. Lyon will provide enduring capacity for sea-based munitions movement equivalent to 78 fully loaded C-17 Globemaster III cargo aircraft.

While Lyon was working in Afghanistan, his wife, Capt. Dana Lyon was serving at Bagram Airfield.

When told about the decision to honor her husband with the ship renaming, she said she "was in awe and deeply honored."

"It is quite an honor that the logistics community and the Air Force recognized the man I knew him to be ... humble and selfless," she said. "Dave's favorite thing about being in the Air Force was feeling like he was in the fight and making a difference in the world. He would be very much honored and happy about having this vessel named after him because it allows him to still deliver to the warfighter ... his legacy will live on and the mission will continue despite him being gone."

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Track & Field Looking for Volunteers to Officiate Home Meets

The Air Force track and field team is looking for volunteers to serve as officials during its home competitions for the upcoming 2013-14 season. Volunteers serve in roles ranging from timing and recording to serving as umpires for track events and judges for field events. For the 2013-14 season, Air Force will host home meets on five Fridays and seven Saturdays, with most volunteer stints lasting four-to-six hours (a complete list of home events can be found on the track schedule page_


Training and certification sessions will take place at 8:15 a.m., on Saturday, Dec. 14, in the Falcon Athletic Center Auditorium. This session is not mandatory, however, and new officials can be trained in several positions that do require certification.


Any individuals interested in volunteering as a competition official for home track meets during the 2013 season should contact Rich Schornstein, Officials Certification Chairman for USA Track and Field ( or Jim Murphy, Air Force's Coordinator of Officials ( by Monday, Dec. 9.


Take advantage of this great opportunity to observe cadet-athletes in action and learn and serve in the Olympic sport of track and field.

Track and Field's Scott Irving to Retire at End of Month

Scott Irving, the associate head coach of the Air Force track and field team, recently announced his retirement, effective September 30. As the event coach of the Falcons' throwing team since 1999, Irving has been instrumental in the team's rise at both the conference and national levels.


"I absolutely loved coaching at the Academy," Irving said. "No other place holds a candle to USAFA ... it's not even close. Everyone ... from the coaches and administrators to the custodians and facility crew ... has helped make this program what it is today. The cadets have been a real blessing and I will miss them all dearly."


During his tenure at Air Force, Irving has taught numerous classes in the Academy's physical education department (2000-13), while coaching the pole vault (2000-03), horizontal jumps (2004-06) and throwing events (2000-13). In addition, he coordinated the strength and conditioning program for the entire track and field program from 2000 to 2001.


Irving has also coordinated the officials that volunteer their time to assist with all Air Force home competitions, as well as other meets held at the Academy facilities, noting that "they constantly epitomize the ideal of going above and beyond."


"Scott's been invaluable to this coaching staff for the past 14 seasons," head coach Ralph Lindeman said. "He began his coaching day right after lunch, every day, by scheduling cadets to come down to work with him individually, and then was one of the last to leave the field most every evening. Scott truly gave all his throwers the gift of individualized instruction, coaching and caring."


Under Irving's direction, Dana Pounds won back-to-back NCAA national titles in the javelin throw (2005, 2006), while setting the Mountain West record of 195'8"


The success of Pounds continued after her graduation, as Irving served as her personal coach while she took part in the Air Force World Class Athlete Program (WCAP). The champion of the 2007 U.S. National Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Pounds was a member of the Team USA squad that competed at the world championships that year and finished second at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials.


He coached seven of the 10 NCAA Division I All-Americans for all women's sports at the Academy, including Pounds (2004, 2005, 2006 javelin), Olivia Korte (2006 discus) and Sara Neubauer (2009, 2010 discus; 2009 shot put), while leading Neubauer to the shot put title at the U.S. Junior National Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 2007.


Irving coached 12 of the Academy's female Mountain West champions (all sports), highlighted by six individuals who combined for 11 throwing titles (Dominique Boivin - 2003 discus; Pounds - 2004, 2005, 2006 javelin; Korte - 2007 discus; Neubauer - 2010 indoor shot put, 2010 outdoor shot put, 2010 weight throw, 2010 discus; Katie Weber - 2010 javelin; Paige Blackburn - 2012 javelin). In addition, he was the event coach for Ana-Maria Ortega when she won the conference title in the pole vault during the 2001 season.


On the men's side, Irving-coached athletes accounted for nine Mountain West titles. Three Falcons combined for four javelin titles, including Joe Bonner (2000), Tim Fritz (2002, 2003) and Matt Schwandt (2007), while Robert Drye claimed back-to-back first-place finishes in the hammer throw (2011, 2012) and Anthony Park swept the long jump titles at the 2004 indoor and outdoor conference championship meets. In addition, David Lissy won the shot put at the 2008 MW Indoor Championships.


The throwers on the men's team have outscored all other teams at the Mountain West Championships on three occasions (2008 indoors, 2001 outdoors, 2013 outdoors). The men tallied a record 55 points in the throwing events at the MW Outdoor Championships, highlighted by seven all-MW selections (Brian Ford - hammer, discus; James Chambers - discus, shot put; Garrett Griffin - javelin; Grant Hamilton - shot put).


In 2011, Cole became the first member of the men's throwing program to garner All-America recognition, receiving Honorable Mention status after advancing to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the discus throw.


Irving has coached countless Academy record holders. In addition to the throwing marks in the indoor and outdoor shot put (men: Shawn Johnson, women: Neubauer), discus throw (men: James Cole, women: Korte), javelin throw (men: Bonner, women: Pounds), weight throw (men: William Kent, women: Blackburn) and hammer throw (men: Drye; women: Neubauer), Irving also coached Park and Chris Banks in 2004 when they respectively set the Academy records in the indoor and outdoor triple jump.


During his tenure, 12 athletes have earned All-Academic Team honors from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), with Ford (2013) being the most recent honoree for student-athletes that boast a strong GPA and advanced to the NCAA Championship meet. In addition, Pounds was recognized as the Female Collegiate Athlete of the Year by the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 2006 and Kent was awarded the Mountain West and NCAA Sportsmanship Awards in 2013.


Irving was twice recognized as the NCAA Division I Women's Assistant Coach of the Year (2009, 2010) by the USTFCCCA. The members of his 2007 and 2010 women's throwing teams were recognized by Sportswomen of Colorado, Inc., while Irving received a Career Achievement Award from the organization in 2013. In addition, he was honored as the Lifetime Instructor of the Semester for Physical Education (fall 2003, fall 2012).


"It has indeed been an incredible honor to coach with the likes of Ralph Lindeman, Juli Benson, Scott Steffan, Allen Johnson, Mark Stanforth, Bob Graf and Ron White," Irving said. "I would also like to thank all the volunteer coaches, too numerous to mention, who have helped elevate the throwing events, the pole vault and entire program."


"Personally, I'll miss Scott as a friend, colleague, collaborator and confidant," Lindeman continued. "He's someone that I've shared values with, as well as countless conversations through the years in our efforts to not only optimize our athletes' results on the field, but to develop leaders of character for the Air Force and our country. While he can be proud of the accomplishments of his many athletes, I think he can be most proud of that fact."


Irving voiced the same sentiment, when he stated that "winning and records are tremendous, but the bottom line is helping develop officers of character, who will protect and defend our great nation."


Following his retirement, Irving and his wife, Allyn, will split their time between Fort Garland, Colo., and Tucson, Ariz. The recipient of an art history master's from Northwestern, Irving looks forward to pursuing his love of art by creating bronze sculptures with a track and field emphasis.


 Scott Irving's Biography

Results from the Cadet Wing Open Track and Field Meet

The Air Force track and field team hosted the third-annual Cadet Wing Open Intramural Track and Field Meet last week (Aug. 20-22) at the Cadet Outdoor Track and Field Complex. The 2013 event featured the largest participation in meet history, with over 200 cadets from 32 squadrons.


In addition, the meet featured the first-ever "Faculty 1500" with over 40 Academy professors and instructors participating.


Eight meet records were set at the 2013 meet, as Cadet Squadron 01 won the squad competition with 38 points. Cadet Squadron 04 finished second with 31 points, while CS-15 (27 points), CS-34 (25 points) and CS-35 (24 points) rounded out the top five.



Men's 100m - 11.34, C4C Chandler Myers (CS-06)

Men's 3200m - 11:14.97, C4C Jesse Lubove (CS-11)

Men's 110m Hurdles - C1C Jason Fabian (CS-35)

Men's 2000m Steeplechase - 6:52.30, C3C Joseph Esswein (CS-14)

Men's Long Jump - 20'8.75", C4C Tyson McQuerry (CS-34)

Women's 3200m - 14:22.51, C4C Bethany Dorian (CS-04)

Women's Shot Put - 40'8.75", C3C Katelyn Holland (CS-35)

Women's Javelin - 90'7", C3C Katelyn Holland (CS-35)


Complete Results: WO-final results-2013.pdf

Mountain West does feature on Air Force pole vaulters

The Mountain West Digital Network has just posted a feature story of Air Force's pole vaulting corps to the Conference website at This footage can be played directly on the index and track & field pages of It can also can be found on the MW's YouTube Channel at and on Facebook at and we have also tweeted a link to this video to our followers at @TheMWCOlySports. 

Admission Update for Air Force All-Comers Meet

Admission to the Air Force All-Comers Track and Field Meet on Saturday, Jan. 12, is free to all spectators arriving at the Cadet Field House prior to 12pm. Due to ticketing for the Air Force-UNLV women's basketball game at 1pm, a $2 admission fee will be charged to everyone entering the Field House after noon.

The Falcons' first track and field meet of 2013 begins with the women's weight throw at 8am. The remaining field events get underway at 9am, while the running events will start at 10am.

Track and Field Releases Revised Schedule for Jan. 12 Meet

The Air Force track and field team has revised its competition schedule for the AF All-Comers Meet on Saturday, Jan. 12, and all events will now begin one hour earlier than previously posted. The women's weight throw will kick off the day at 8 a.m., at the Cadet Field House, with the remainder of the field events getting underway at 9:00 a.m. The running events will begin at 10 a.m., with the mile run.

Air Force Men Ranked 13th in Total Number of NCAA Entries

With 15 entries into this week's NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, the Air Force men's track and field team is tied for 13th among NCAA Division I schools for total number of entries (over 240 schools are sending at least one athlete to the national championship meet) Air Force, which will be represented by 13 men in 15 events, leads the Mountain West in number of total entries.

Falcon Pair Listed Among Nation's Track and Field Top 10

Two members of the Air Force track and field team are listed among the nation's top 10 in their respective events following the Mountain West Outdoor Championships. With his Academy and championship-meet record clearance of 18'1¾", junior Cale Simmons is ranked third in the pole vault, while senior Paige Blackburn used a personal improvement of nearly five feet in the javelin throw (170'5") to move from 16th to seventh in the national standings.

Air Force Heads to MW Track and Field Championships

The Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Championships will be held this weekend (Feb. 23-25) at the ABQ Convention Center in Albuquerque, N.M. Check out a couple links for information regarding the championship meet.


Real-time results can be found here:


Junior Cale Simmons was the featured athlete in Mitch McGrane's conference preview:


Men's Track and Field Ranked 39th in National USTFCCCA Rankings

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The Air Force men's track and field team is ranked 39th in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Preseason Rankings. The Falcons lead the Mountain West, ranking ahead of Boise State (45), New Mexico (53), TCU (85), Wyoming (119) and Colorado State (unranked). The men are also the top-ranked service academy and the highest ranked program among Division I programs in the state of Colorado.

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